"Passwords are like underwear: don’t let people see it, change it very often, and you shouldn’t share it with strangers.”– Chris Pirillo
In 1961, the first password used on a computer was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After 60 years today, the use of passwords is as prevalent as it was when it was first developed.
Passwords serves as a first line of defense for unauthorized access to computer systems. Although it is now a common practice for computer systems to hide passwords as they are typed, a wide spread of computer users still use weak passwords today.
Passwords should be chosen so that they are hard for attackers to guess or discover.
Below are some tips to making your passwords more secured and creating stronger passwords
Tips on Securing your Password
Passwords should be changed frequently in 30, 60 or 90 days however the case suitable
Passwords should be long, nothing short of 8 or 10 characters
Passwords should consist of a mix of alphanumeric characters. Mix up symbols, numbers and letters (upper and lower cases)
Passwords should not be a dictionary word or a combination of dictionary words
Passwords should not be reused. Using a Password Manager will be of great help
Passwords should not be shared. Passwords are personal and should be kept private
Passwords should not contain personal information like name, date of birth, age, pet's name, child name, favorite color, etc.
Passwords should not be used alone without amulti-factor Authentication(MFA) mechanism (e.g. OTP, smart card, biometrics, push notifications, etc.)
Tips on Creating a Stronger Password
1. Use a phrase and incorporate acronyms
We1c0km2Dyr2021 (Welcome to the year 2021)
DbeautyFull_1_rnotytB0rn (The beautiful ones are not yet born)
2day1s_Goin2be=Fun (Today is going to be fun)
2. Use passwords with common elements
Pwrd4E#@YAHoo! (Password for Yahoo Account)
FbPwrdAbt$$>|< (Account password for Facebook)
P*ssw0rd4IG=|!| (Account password for Intagram)
The strength of your passwords (in terms of years to crack) can be checked on this platforms